Drink driving motorist numbers are alarming, police say

POLICE BLITZ: An alarming number of motorists were caught drink driving on the long weekend, officers say. Photo: FILE
POLICE BLITZ: An alarming number of motorists were caught drink driving on the long weekend, officers say. Photo: FILE

AN alarming number of drink driving motorists were detected across the region during the long weekend, police say.

Operation Slow Down ran from Friday to Monday and while road experts say double demerit points work as a deterrent, many motorists were still got caught doing the wrong thing.

During the long weekend police blitz, officers conducted 17,948 breath tests and handed out 21 PCA charges across Western NSW.

They also handed out 611 speeding infringements and were called to 15 major crashes.

While there were no fatalities during the long weekend, one occurred early on Tuesday morning with a 36-year-old man killed in a truck and bus crash near Dubbo.

Western Region Traffic Tactician Inspector Ben Macfarlane said the number of drink driving offences was a concern for police officers.

"It is alarming that motorists continue to drink and drive and these offences are occurring in both remote areas and townships across the region," he said.

"Police will continue to target these offences leading into the Christmas period with the aim of reducing road trauma across the region."

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This story Alarming number of motorists caught drink driving: Police first appeared on Mudgee Guardian.